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Master of Science in Business Administration - majoring in Business Analytics

  • Duration: 2 years, full time
  • Full degree student
  • ECTS 120 ECTS
  • Application period Not open for applications

Master of Science in Business Administration is open for applicants who wish to achieve a broad competence within Business Analytics and Administration. Applicants must be interested in working with data and analysis within the context of Business Administration, Finance and Economics.

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, specializing in Business Administration.

The master programme is newly developed and is pending approval. For 2021 the programme will be available for Nordic/EU/EEA applicants only.

About the programme

The MA-programme provides you with a versatile competence that prepares you for challenging positions in the industry, such as manager, specialist or advisor. The main objective of the programme is to bring forth top economists and managers which can utilize the increasing availability of data, with state-of-the-art analytical methods.

Private and public organisations often have to make decisions under uncertainty. This MA-programme provides you with the theoretical foundation and analytical skills and techniques to guide your future employer in making better decisions under such circumstances. The target group for this programme are individuals with a bachelor’s degree or another equivalent background, with a specialization in Economics and Business Administration or related quantitative orientation, who want to pursue a strong second degree in Business Administration.

The programme is suitable for students who want to qualify for administrative- or research and development positions at a high organizational level in the private or public sector, or those who want to complete a doctorate and pursue a career in research. Upon completion of the programme, you will qualify for the PhD programme “Innovation in Services in the Public and Private Sectors” at INN University and other PhD programmes within Business Administration.

Upon completing the programme, the students earn the degree Master of Science in Business Administration. Provided certain admission requirements are met, students also earn the right to use the supplementary title “Siviløkonom” (a supplementary title used in Norway and some other countries).

Norwegian students can also apply for part time. For more information: 

Admission requirements

An eligible student must have a bachelor’s degree or an education recognized as being equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor degree (a minimum of 180 ECTS), specializing in Business Administration. The specialization must consist of a minimum of 120 ECTS within Business Administration. The programme will comply with requirements for at least 102.5 ECTS of the following subjects: 

  • Business Analysis (30 ECTS): Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Investment and Financing 
  • Administrative subjects (30 ECTS): Marketing, Organization and Management, Business Strategy 
  • Economics (15 ECTS): Macroeconomics, Microeconomics 
  • Methods (20 ECTS): Business Mathematics, Business Statistics, Research Methods for Social Sciences 
  • Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability (7.5 ECTS) 

To reach 120 ECTS in total within Business Administration, the last subjects must be within Business Analysis, Administrative subjects, Economics or Methods. 

All the subcategories must be fulfilled. If you have completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from a Norwegian institution, these are fulfilled. 

Your average grade must be C or better. 

(Note that the last bullet point in the list above was included in the revised plan from November 2018. This means that for students finishing their bachelor’s programmes who have not implemented this new requirement, can still, for some time ahead, apply and be admitted to the master’s programme.) 

Up to 50% of the places at the programme are reserved for Norwegian applicants. 


English language requirements: 

Applicants must document their proficiency in English at a specified level: You will find the  list of accepted courses and minimum scores accepted here.

The English language requirements applies to all except applicants native to UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or the Nordic countries, who do not require to document any language proficiency.


If you are not a Norwegian citizen, a copy of your passport must be provided with your application.


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You will learn this

Successful candidates will have acquired the following overall learning outcomes, categorized as knowledge, skills and general competence by the end of the programme. 


By the end of the programme, the candidate has: 

  • advanced knowledge of strategic management, marketing and management accounting seen in a service perspective and will be able to combine this knowledge to achieve a better understanding of firms value creation and organizational management (K1), 
  • specialized insight into a business’ economic growth through detailed knowledge of theories, models and methods used within Business Analytics and, in combination with economic competence, turn this into an essential understanding of the business’ tasks, situations and environment (K2), 
  • thorough knowledge of scientific theories, research processes and methods customized to issues within Business Analytics such as making decisions under uncertainty (K3) and 
  • the knowledge of new topics within the disciplines of Business Administration and can analyse academic issues based on the history, traditions, characteristics and foundation of the society through Business Analytics (K4). 


The candidate can: 

  • analyse and assess different sources of information, and analyse empirical data to structure and formulate academic arguments with the goal of planning long term strategies and efficiency within management and control (S1), 
  • analyse and relate critical to existing theories, methods and interpretations within strategic management, marketing and management accounting and control (S2), 
  • utilize relevant research methods independently to facilitate business economic growth by the development of strategies, management systems, market relations and new business opportunities (S3), 
  • relate the issue at hand, context and data to the choice of method and carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in line with current research ethics norms within Business Analytics (S4) and 
  • apply the analytical perspective in practical and theoretical solutions within Business Analytics (S5). 


General competence 

The candidate can: 

  • analyse relevant academic, professional and research ethical issues, and relate to ethical issues tied to business’ strategic and tactical choices (G1), 
  • apply achieved knowledge and skills in performing management tasks, and conduct advanced studies, analyses and projects, alone and in collaboration with others (G2), 
  • convey comprehensive, independent work both orally and in writing, and master the forms of expressions that apply within economics and management (G3), 
  • communicate about professional issues, analyzes and conclusions in business administration with  stakeholders and the general public and has the prerequisites to work in an international context (G4) and 
  • take advantage of opportunities that lie in digital development and contribute to business change and innovation processes (G5).



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Stay abroad

Students enrolled in the programme have the possibility to do a one-semester exchange at one of our international partner institutions. For the time being, the complete list of possible destinations is available only in Norwegian. For more information, please contact the International Office at campus Lillehammer.

What does it cost?

No tuition, but semester fee is required